Pandemic Unemployment Benefits are Ending Week of September 4, 2021

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Updates for local agencies, community-based organizations, and providers who provide assistance to members of Wisconsin's health and nutrition public assistance programs.

Last Week for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

The American Rescue Plan Act extended unemployment compensation and other payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments were authorized to be issued through the unemployment benefit week ending this Saturday, September 4, 2021.

This week is therefore the last week the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will issue payments for the following pandemic-related unemployment benefits:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). FPUC has provided an additional $300 per week for individuals who receive unemployment benefits.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). PEUC has provided additional weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). PUA has provided unemployment benefits to individuals who were not eligible for regular unemployment benefits and who were unable to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). MEUC has provided an additional $100 per week to individuals who were receiving regular unemployment benefits, and who earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment earnings in the tax year before the initial claim for unemployment benefits. 

Individuals with claims pending for weeks prior to September 5, 2021, will be paid for each week they are found eligible. DWD expects to issue retroactive payments through February 2022. For questions about an individual's unemployment benefits, contact the DWD